Monday, August 13, 2018

SECRETS REVEALED! William Stout’s Rackham/Dulac Technique « William Stout's Journal

SECRETS REVEALED! William Stout's Rackham/Dulac Technique « William Stout's Journal

SECRETS REVEALED! William Stout's Rackham/Dulac Technique

Some of my most popular pictures are in what I call my Rackham/Dulac style (after two turn-of-the-century children's illustrators who used this technique extensively, Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac). It dates back a hundred years or so but it's pretty easy to do. Here's how:
1) Pencil your picture.
2) Ink your picture with a Hunt crowquill pen, using a 50/50 mixture of waterproof black (India) and sepia inks. That will make your black a nice warm black.
3) After the ink is dry, erase the pencil lines.
4) Mask off your image using white art tape.
5) On your palette, prepare a little pool of raw umber watercolor.
6) Quickly soak the image using a very wet fine-grained sea sponge (or "art sponge"), then wring out the sponge.
7) Using a wide (about three quarters of an inch) Aquarelle watercolor brush, cover your image with the raw umber watercolor.
8) Using the wringed-out sponge, dab and blot up the raw umber watercolor in the areas of your picture that you want to remain light. You may have to wring out your little sponge several times during this process. Work quickly (and near a sink) before the watercolor dries. This will give your image an antique parchment look. You can also add a little raw umber with a smaller brush (not too small) to the areas you want to be darker.
9) While the picture is still wet you can add and perform any wet-on-wet techniques you care to (I usually do this in the sky areas, adding various colored tints).
10) Let the picture dry a little bit, then start adding layers of transparent watercolor to your piece, slowly building up the color to what you want it to finally be.
11) After your picture has dried, use an eraser if necessary to lighten some of your watercolor.
12) When dry, you'll notice that sometimes your watercolor has greyed-out some of your black pen lines. Mix up a batch of colored ink (never dyes) appropriate to your color scheme with a lot of water to get a nice PALE transparent wash. Brush this over your picture. It will do two things: It should unite your color scheme and it should also bring back the intensity of most of your pen lines.
13) Sometimes adding a touch of Prismacolor pencils is called for to bring out some highlights (I use the Cream and Sand colors a lot for this), darken some shadows or add some complementary "color sparks" to your picture.
14) Carefully remove the white tape.
15) Retouch with white goauche any unsightly color bleeds if necessary. If you need to pop in any white highlights on your piece, now's the time.
16) When completely dry, spray the piece with Krylon Crystal Clear acrylic coating. Don't breathe that stuff — you'll end up with plastic lungs!

As a result of all this work, you should have a brand new ancient-looking masterpiece!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

You Don’t “Find” Your Passion in Life, You Actively Develop It, Explains Psychologist Carol Dweck, Theorist of the “Growth Mindset”



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You Don't "Find" Your Passion in Life, You Actively Develop It, Explains Psychologist Carol Dweck, Theorist of the "Growth Mindset"
// Open Culture

You might spend your whole life trying to find your life's passion, or passively hoping it comes to you. Many have done so and, tragically, have never discovered it. Were they looking for purpose in all the wrong places? Maybe. Or maybe the idea that our life's calling waits out there for us to find—like the fairy tale notion of a one true perfect love—is kind of crap. That's not how Stanford psychologists Carol Dweck and Gregory Walton put it, exactly, but their research suggests that "the adage so commonly advised by graduation speakers," as Stanford News reports, "might undermine how interests actually develop."

In other words, when people think of interests or talents as "fixed qualities that are inherently there," they are more likely to give up on pursuits when they encounter difficulty, believing they aren't destined for success. Working with data acquired by Stanford postdoctoral fellow Paul O'Keefe (now at Yale), Dweck and Walton explained some recent research findings in a paper titled "Implicit Theories of Interest: Finding Your Passion or Developing it?" The article is forthcoming in Psychological Science, and you can read a PDF version online.

The paper describes five studies on "implicit theories of interest" and contrasts a fixed theory with a "growth theory" of interest, an idea that comes out of Dweck's prior research on what she calls a "growth mindset." She has published a bestselling book on the subject and given very popular talks on what she calls in her TED appearance in Sweden above "the power of yet"—a phrase she derives from a high school in Chicago that gave students the grade of "not yet" when they hadn't successfully passed a course. This hopeful assessment encouraged them to keep trying rather than to think of themselves as failures.

Dweck tells her TED audience about giving a group of ten-year-olds' problems she knew would be too hard for them to solve. Those with a "growth mindset" responded with excitement, eager for a challenge and the opportunity to expand their capabilities. The kids who had a "fixed mindset" crumpled, feeling like they had been judged and come up wanting. "Instead of luxuriating in the power of yet," says Dweck, "they were gripped in the tyranny of now." Children thus "tyrannized" by feelings of failure might be more likely to cheat rather than study, make downward comparisons to boost feelings of self-worth, or become avoidant and "run from difficulty."

These strategies are even visible in images of brain activity. None of them, of course, will lead to progress. But Dweck claims that the problem is endemic to a generation of people who need constant validation and who fold when they meet challenges. So how can parents and teachers help kids become more growth-oriented or, in Dweck's lingo, build "the bridge to yet"? Her recommendations may not sound that revolutionary to those who have followed the backlash against the well-meaning but misguided "self-esteem movement" of the past few decades.

For one thing, praising effort, rather than intelligence or talent, will help kids develop more resilience and value ongoing process over instant results. Judicious applications of "good try!" go much farther than repetitions of "you're brilliant and amazing!" Dweck's other strategies involve a similar focus on process and progress. Unsurprisingly, when we believe we can change and improve, we are far more likely to work at developing talent, instead of assuming we've either got it or we don't, an unscientific and self-defeating way of thinking that has done a lot of people needless harm. Dweck and her colleagues show that our life's passion isn't a fully-formed thing out there waiting for us, or an inborn, immutable quality, but rather it comes as the result of patient and persistent efforts.

via Stanford News

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Josh Jones is a writer and musician based in Durham, NC. Follow him at @jdmagness

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Graham & Brown Launches Wallpaper Collection with Brian Eno



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Graham & Brown Launches Wallpaper Collection with Brian Eno
// Design MilkDesign Milk

Graham & Brown Launches Wallpaper Collection with Brian Eno

British wallpaper manufacturer Graham & Brown enlisted one of the most iconic figures in music to lend his creative magic to a collection of wallpaper that recently launched in the US. Brian Eno, a ridiculously prolific founding member of Roxy Music and frequent collaborator of artists like David Bowie, U2, Talking Heads, Coldplay, and more, has always dabbled in other mediums so it's really no surprise he's landed in the wallpaper arena. He created two bold prints, Flower Mask Blue Wallpaper and Flower Mask Jade Wallpaper, where he cleverly layered his own original designs with archival patterns from Graham & Brown.

The Mask series references abstract expressionism through its energetic graphics and vibrant color palettes which shift as you step away from it. The patterns will definitely add a dramatic statement to any wall complete with a cool story behind it.

Brian Eno says:

I think of wallpaper as ambient painting – an area of interior design that changes the atmosphere in a room. I really responded to classic floral designs and also those with West African roots from Graham & Brown's archive, resulting in a dynamic layering of pattern to create the collection – a kind of music to be played on walls.


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Friday, June 22, 2018

THE BULLWINKLE SHOW / Jay Ward Productions - 1960



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THE BULLWINKLE SHOW / Jay Ward Productions - 1960
// 13

THE BULLWINKLE SHOW aired on TV from 1960-63 and was one of my all time favorite cartoons, also at this time we had BEANY AND CECIL and FELIX THE CAT, holy crap, how in the Hell could you beat that?!! Not to mention WB and Hanna-Barbera. Great freakin' time for us kids back then!

In this episode the boys are working on their secret rocket fuel they want to sell to the government. Of course, Boris and Natasha show up, and some Moon Men!.. From the MOON!!

Rocky and Bullwinkle are walking down the street, Boris gets the word from Natasha, who's reading a secret message from Fearless Leader, to... Keel Moose!

But, Natasha finishes the message after Boris has already cut the rope holding a safe meant to fall on Bullwinkle... Complete message says... Oh, Do NOT Keel Moose!

Boris rushes downstairs to save Bullwinkle and ends up under the big old safe himself!

The boys are working away, trying to create a new rocket fuel. After succeeding, they realize that Bullwinkle never wrote the formula down, so, Rocky wants to hire a hypnotist to hypnotize Bullwinkle into remembering!

Of course, Boris and Natasha show up for the job...

It's not long before Boris has Bullwinkle eating out of his hand. Now, start talking!

So, Bullwinkle tells them everything he knows, it's so boring Boris and Natasha fall asleep!

When Bullwinkle finally gets to the rocket fuel formula, some Moon Men are listening in!..

They are my favorite little characters from the Moon, Gidney and Cloyd... Gidney has the wild mustache and Cloyd carries around his precious Scrooch Gun!

Generally speaking, Cloyd is interested in just one thing... Can I scrooch 'em now, Gidney?!.. And, Gidney would usually reply...

You can scrooch 'em now, Cloyd!..

This still fascinates me, that look of sheer joy on Cloyd's face is priceless!!

Besides the adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, the show included Fractured Fairy Tales, Dudley Doo-Right, Aesop And Son and Mr. Peabody & Sherman... Eegah!! is back tomorrow!

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Challenge: Paint a Parking Lot



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Challenge: Paint a Parking Lot
// Gurney Journey

Painting by Scott Lloyd Anderson
There's beauty everywhere, right? Well, how about in a parking lot?

That's the subject for the next GurneyJourney on-location painting challenge. We've done this before with gas stationsgraveyards, weeds, and outdoor markets, and you've created stunning artwork.

Art in a parking lot
I invite you to paint some interesting aspect of a parking lot. You might paint a view across a lot, with or without cars. You could emphasize a light effect, an interesting sign, or a cluster of shopping carts, or a little bit of nature alongside the lot. It can be a New York vestpocket parking lot, an underground parking structure, or a suburban big-box lot.


How does the challenge work?
Everyone can upload their examples to this special Facebook event page. I will choose a Grand Prize winner and five Finalists. Each receive a coveted "Department of Art" embroidered patch, and the Grand Prize winner will also receive a free tutorial download.

I hesitate to call it a "contest" because there's no entry fee and the spirit is more about cooperation, community, and camaraderie than competition. We're all at different levels of skill and experience, but we're all out there braving the elements and trying out new painting ideas.

Painting by William Wray
Guidelines
• Must be painted outdoors, or at least mostly outdoors.
• The composition can include the scene beyond the parking lot, but the parking lot itself itself must be a part of the scene.
• You can focus on the ordinary aspects, the sublime aspects, the ugliness, or the beauty. Just make it  interesting. 
• All physical painting media accepted, such as oil, watercolor, acrylic, gouache, acryla-gouache, alkyd, casein, or water-soluble colored pencils.
• No limits on palette of colors.

Deadline
• You can enter as soon as you finish the piece, but no later than the deadline: Friday, July 27, 2018 at midnight New York time. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, August.

Bird's Foot Trefoil, donut wrapper, and plastic bottle
alongside supermarket parking lot
Submission Guidelines
• Free to enter
• It must be a new painting done for this challenge. In addition to a scan of the final painting, your entry must include a photo (or video) of your painting in progress in front of the motif.
• Upload the images to this Facebook Event Page. If you don't have a Facebook account, please ask a friend with an account to help you. Please include in the FB post a mention of what medium you used, and if you want, a word about your inspiration or design strategy, or an anecdote about your painting experience.
• In addition to the Facebook event page, you can use the hashtag #parkinglotchallenge on Instagram or Twitter to see what other people are doing.
• If you end up doing more than one entry, please delete your weaker entry so that we end up with just one entry per person.

Prizes
I'll pick one Grand Prize and five Finalists. All six entries will be published on GurneyJourney, and all six will receive an exclusive "Department of Art" embroidered patch. In addition, the Grand Prize winner receives a video (DVD or download) of their choice. Everybody who participates will have their work on the Facebook page, too.
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